The judiciary frowned hard on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Friday, with the Supreme Court saying it was dissatisfied with her government’s response to its query asking why she had not stopped work immediately on the memorials she was building even after her counsel gave an undertaking to do so.
Separately the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court also took up the near-forgotten Taj Corridor case again, sending notices to the CM and one of her ministers, as it admitted a public interest litigation that wanted the case restarted.
On September 8, when the SC questioned Mayawati’s use of public money to build memorials to commemorate Dalit heroes, her counsel had agreed to stop work at once. But newspaper reports revealed work still continued, forcing the court to send a stern warning. The court had also sought an explanation, which the UP government provided on Friday.
“The affidavit of the UP government is not satisfactory,” the bench observed.
The Taj Corridor case related to construction in the ‘heritage zone’ near Agra’s Taj Mahal that Mayawati initiated. It was not pursued after the governor refused permission for Mayawati’s prosecution.